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General J. Lawton Collins Interview (1979)

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: Interview

Place Covered: Baton Rouge, East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 1979-11-09

Duration: 00:05:37

Subjects: Collins, J. Lawton (Joseph Lawton) | Louisiana State University (Baton Rouge, La.) | Middleton, Troy H. (Troy Houston), 1889-1976 | World War II | Veterans | Eisenhower, Dwight D. (Dwight David), 1890-1969 | Patton, George S. (George Smith), 1885-1945 | Collins, Michael, 1930-


  • George, Beth Host
  • Collins, J. Lawton Interviewee


This segment from the November 9, 1979, episode of “Louisiana: The State We’re In” features an interview with General J. “Lightning Joe” Lawton Collins, a New Orleans native who served as an Army general during World War II and Army Chief of Staff during the Korean War. He discusses his time as a student at LSU, his nephew, astronaut Michael Collins, and his personal impressions of General Dwight D. Eisenhower and General George S. Patton. This report also includes footage of General Collins at the dedication of the library at Louisiana State University in honor of his friend and former LSU president Troy H. Middleton. Host: Beth George